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A FAN OF DOWN UNDER, POP GODDESS
SOPHIE B. HAWKINS IS EXCITED TO BE
PLAYING MARDI GRAS. SHE SPOKE TO
So you’re coming back. That’s twice in
I told you I wanted to move there. Isn’t it
less conservative than here?
Maybe. What else is it you like?
The landscape, that’s part of it. It’s also
the people. Australians are wilder in a
sense. You’re more polite and everything.
Although you don’t like to think of
yourselves in that way. What I like about
the people is this immediate connection.
And especially with the women. Who are
strangely enough all beautiful. It’s bizarre.
It’s true! Am I right?
Everything’s cuter Down Under.
[Laughs] Well, see, that’s the real reason
I want to move there. And the women are
taller. Haven’t you noticed that?
It’s the vegetables.
And the attitude. You just keep growing.
So you’re busy right now…
Right at this very second I am putting out
this live record which has some really
cool Australian tracks from the Sydney
show. They’re very good. They’re vibey,
and they’re raw and they’re funny as hell.
I’m working on my next record, which
is a lot of writing. Writing the right song
takes a lot of time. I’ll be up to four in the
morning rewriting and rewriting and then
I’ll go out for a walk and I’ll hear it in my
head and I’ll go, ‘That is so much crap!
I’ve gotta come back again.’ I go over and
over and change lyrics and chords and
everything until I finally hit something that
seems like it resonates. And to the world
it might seem so simple when they hear it.
But it wasn’t simple getting there.
The fans on your website are very
passionate. You answer all of their
questions. Is it exhausting?
Sometimes I feel really small, like a pebble
and I don’t feel like I’m making any
impact at all. And then it only takes one
person saying that I’ve made something
happen for them internally and that gives
me a tremendous amount of energy. …I’m
not doing it with this idea of getting loved
by people on a mass level or having a hit;
I’m doing it with this desire to put out
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